After several years of scrutiny, the incoming fire chief for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is vowing to develop a dignified and respectful work environment.
John S. Butler takes over a department that has been under scrutiny following the April 2016 suicide of a female firefighter.
Two of the highest ranking females in the Fairfax County Fire Department are behind a federal sexual harassment complaint filed by the ACLU against the County and Fire department.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue has named an interim chief — John Caussin — to step in when Chief Richard Bowers retires April 30.
A group of female Fairfax Co. firefighters says the time has come to move forward, after almost two years of scrutiny regarding claims of sexual harassment on the job.
The Howard County Council passed a bill that changes references to “firemen” to “firefighters” in the county’s code. The vote followed a name change by the local volunteer fire agency. The move has been welcomed by female firefighters.
Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers’ retirement announcement comes weeks after new complaints of sexual harassment and bullying emerged in the department.
Fire Chief Richard Bowers said at a Thursday afternoon news conference he doesn’t believe the department has major issues and that he has no plans to resign.
The husband of Nicole Mittendorff — the Fairfax County firefighter who had been the subject of online bullying — called for the resignation of Fire Chief Richard Bowers.
The husband of a Fairfax County firefighter who committed suicide last year says he is “deeply disappointed” that the firefighters union has declared a motive in his wife’s suicide.
As Fairfax County’s fire chief tries to reduce workplace harassment, a report of a supervisor downplaying the existence of on-the-job bullying among the department’s 2,000 employees reveals how difficult it will be to change firehouse culture.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has activated several urban search and rescue task forces across the U.S. to provide backup support to local authorities in Florida — and units from Virginia and Maryland are now preparing to deploy.
Fairfax County’s fire chief said the county could announce within the month which third party will assess the department’s possible sexual and racial harassment shortcomings.
For the first time, the husband and sister of Fairfax County firefighter Nicole Mittendorff are discussing her suicide.
A Fairfax County firefighter is filing a federal civil rights suit against the department, claiming she was sexually harassed for years.
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